Free Tai Chi moves to Boardman Library

We’re so happy to announce our new location for Free Tai Chi – Boardman Library in Poughkeepsie.  Classes will be the same format with Qigong and Taijiquan practice with student instructor Karen Abramson.  Thank you Karen for finding this indoor space to practice for those less intrepid who want to avoid the cold of our outdoor practices (which continue).  

Free Tai Chi will now be at 10 am Fridays at Boardman Library, 141 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie.

2022 Competition results: 5 titles this year!

Very humbled and thankful to win 5 titles this year. Couuld never have done this without the help of Shifu Li Chungling. Thank you, Shifu!

2022 World Kuo Shu Bagua Weapons Champion

2022 China Open Yang Taijiquan Champion

2022 China Open Baguazhang Champion

2022 China Open Bagua Weapons Champion

2022 U.S. Kuo Shu Bagua Weapons Champion (2x)

2022 U.S. Kuo Shu Baguazhang Silver Medalist

2022 Bagua Weapons World Champion

Last week at the World Kuo Shu Tournament in Rome, Italy I was able to win with my Cheng style Dao (broadsword) form.  I’m so happy to be able to add another gold for Team USA, and become the 2022 World Champion in Bagua Weapons.

Many thanks to this World Kuo Shu Federation for this distinction. And to my teachers Master Li Chunling and the late Master C.K. Chu.  Without you I could never have done this.  I hope this win brings honor and distinction to you, and enables others to find their way to the self-healing and spiritual benefits of these arts.  Thank you so much.

2021 Bagua Weapons Champion

I’m honored to report I won the Gold in Bagua Weapons at this years US Kuo Shu International Tournament with my Cheng style Jian (double-edge sword) form. Next year I’ll be representing the United States at the World Championship in this category.

Much thanks to this US Kuo Shu Federation for this distinction. And to my teachers Master Li Chunling and the late Master C.K. Chu. Without you I could not have done this. I hope this win brings honor and distinction to you. Thank you so much.

New Location – College Hill Park

I’m happy to announce that moving forward group Tai Chi classes on Thursdays at 11am and Saturdays at 10am will be held at College Hill Park on N. Clinton Street in Poughkeepsie.  When driving into the park go up the hill a bit and take your first left, then follow the circle around to the pavilion at the top of the hill where you’ll find us.

Private lessons will continue to be held at 100 Forbus this week.

Keep up your work at home.  Daily training is the key.  And if you’ve fallen out of practice and want to rejoin, please do.  We don’t judge.

In the words of Bruce Lee – be water, my friends.

2019 Baguazhang Sword Silver Medalist

I’m honored to report at the recent Kuoshu Tournament in Baltimore I got a silver in Baguazhang sword and bronze in Baguazhang empty hand. I’ve taken up the Cheng style of this sister art to Taijiquan in the last few years. *Taiji for 21 years* I’ll put up some photos and vids when I can.

Tai Chi in 2018

Happy New Year.

Over the break I hope you were able to maintain your training and focus on the three foundational principles of alignment, breathing and relaxation. As my teacher used to say, “If you practice 95% correct, you get 95% benefit. If you practice 5% correct, you get 5% benefit.”

The challenge within this, and the manifestation of the yin/yang philosophy that is the root of all tai chi chuan is how to practice correct alignment without forsaking relaxation. The answer is to not forget your breath work. Slow, deep, abdominal breathing is the engine that drives our practice. Remember daily training is the key to success.

Good luck and hope to see you soon.